Labels are endemic in all societies. Perhaps because the categories they create help us sort reality?
We know what to expect when we say:
He’s mentally ill
By categorizing people in this way we set up expectations – and then, sadly, sometimes miss anything that doesn’t fit into the box!
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun
What are some of the boxes you live in? Who created these boxes for you?
Make a list of 5 words you use to label yourself.
Can you remember the first time you thought, “Oh, I’m__________”
What do you imagine would happen if you gave up these labels?
Here’s a fun experiment to try:
Think about one of your labels – it might have to do with:
Now imagine writing these words on a gigantic sheet of white paper. (yes, paper! Not your electronic devise!)
Now see the image that goes with the words. Both words and image are in black – very black – ink.
As you stare at the paper - breathing deeply – the ink begins to fade…
Keep breathing and watch it become grey…
How do you feel as this happens?
You can stop this operation at any stage you want – OR NOT!
If you’re ready, allow the word – and the image that goes with it – to fade completely…
Now you are faced with a pristine, totally open sheet of paper.
What do you consciously want to put on it?
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